Radiologists Who Compare Mammograms With Multiple Priors May Expect Better Interpretive Performance, Study Suggests

Monday, July 11, 2016

HealthImaging (7/8, Pearson) reported, “Radiologists who compare new screening-mammography findings with those from two or more of the patient’s prior exams can expect better interpretive performance than radiologists who compare the new findings with those from only one prior exam,” research suggests. Investigators arrived at this conclusion after conducting “a retrospective analysis of more than 45,000 consecutive screening mammograms performed at their institution for more than 22,000 women.” The findings were published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Ultrasound May Be Better Than Second Mammography for Evaluation of Palpable Breast Lumps Within a Year of a Negative Mammogram, Study Suggests

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Radiology Business Journal (6/30, Walter) reports that research suggests “if a patient finds a palpable breast lump within one year of a negative mammogram,” it “should be evaluated with targeted ultrasound instead of a second mammogram.” The study was published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Worth the Wait?

Friday, July 1, 2016
The clock is ticking on a two-year moratorium on changes to insurance coverage for breast cancer screening, as outlined in the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2016 final draft recommendations. For private insurers, this means they will continue to follow the task force's 2002 recommendations, which state that women 40 years of age and older should undergo screening mammograms every one to two years. For women, this move keeps the window open for more accessible screening mammography.